Sunday, June 20, 2004

SA getting tough?

the saudi civil war is finally taking place in saudi arabia and not the rest of the world.

check out this headline:

Saudi Arabia Tells Militants to Repent or Die

By Ghaida Ghantous
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia told al Qaeda militants on Sunday it would not allow them to destabilize the kingdom and warned they would share the fate of their slain leader unless they repented.

Undeterred by the death of Abdulaziz al-Muqrin, the leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, the group vowed renewed "holy war" in the country.

Muqrin was shot dead by Saudi forces on Friday with three other prominent militants hours after they beheaded American hostage Paul Johnson, whose body has still not been found.

Saudi analysts who have contacts with militants said on Sunday they expected al Qaeda to name Saleh al-Awfi, a former Interior Ministry employee, as Muqrin's successor.

"We will not allow a corrupt group led by deviant thought to violate the security and stability of this land," King Fahd, Saudi's ailing ruler, told the opening of the Saudi consultative Shura Council on Sunday in comments on official agency SPA.

"The real Muslim has nothing to do with these actions and has no sympathy for those who carry them out," he added.

Late on Saturday, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah warned the militants: "We tell this deviant group and others that if they do not return to the right path, they will meet the same fate (as Muqrin) or worse."

State television showed the corpses of the militants, blaming them for a wave of violence against foreigners in the Gulf state, a key U.S. ally and the world's biggest oil exporter.

yep, the US has plans to takeover the eastern oil fields if need be. this is a long shot, and the kingdom has faced down militant challenges before. its got money, power, and an unyielding will to survive. remember the house of saud has been in power for a long time.

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